Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Energy Bars

My daughter, Ali, is the master at creating tasty, nutritious energy balls. She won't give away her recipe (because she doesn't have one), so I experimented to come up with my own!

What you need:
1 cup coconut oil
2 cups properly prepared nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts)
6-8 pitted dates
1 cup sprouted sunflower seeds
1 cup sprouted pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chia seed
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup cacao nibs
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
Maple syrup or raw honey to taste (very little, about 1-2 Tbs.)
Celtic sea salt to taste

What you do:
Melt coconut oil (I melt it in a glass Pyrex measuring cup, placed in a pan with about an inch of water so the oil does not get hot)
Place melted coconut oil, nuts and dates in Vita-Mix and blend
Pour this mixture into large bowl
Add the remaining ingredients and mix together with large spoon
Adjust syrup and salt to taste (not too sweet)
Spread mixture out on parchment lined baking sheet
Put this in the refrigerator until set
Slice into desired bar size

Properly prepared nuts: the WHYS and HOWS